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Above: Joan Crawford on the set of "They All Kissed the Bride." I think she looks amazing in this picture.

"They All Kissed the Bride" 1942

Cast: Joan Crawford~Melvyn Douglas~Roland Young~Billie Burke~Andrew Tombes~Allen Jenkins~Helen Parrish~Emory Parnell~Mary Treen~Nydia Westman~Ivan Simpson~Roger Clark~Gordon Jones~Edward gargan.

Director: Alexander Hall

Costumes by Irene

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Reviewer: writerdonna7

Stars: Four

Review: "They All Kissed the Bride" is a delightful 1940's film starring a gorgeous Joan Crawford as Margaret "M.J." Drew, dressed to the nines in fashions from Irene. She inherits her father's trucking business and runs it with an iron fist until jaunty reporter Michael Holmes (Melvyn Douglas) comes around and upsets the apple cart by making her fall in love with him. It's a great battle of the sexes.

I have a special affection for this film since it's the one that really got me hooked on Joan. Like Bette Davis, Joan Crawford is almost assuredly more well known for her Grand Guignol roles, in which her former Hollywood glamour is but a macabre shadow (Hollywood never respected aging actresses, besides) or for her bitchy, later-career roles and I'd always enjoyed her primarily for those roles, which actually only comprised a tiny segment in her over-80-film output. This film wowed me in showcasing what a very beautiful woman Crawford was, capable of enormous charm and versatility, this beauty at its apex in the 1930's and still strong in the 1940's. Here she gets to demonstrate her lighter touch and makes a delicious transformation from iron-fisted businesswoman (always in high style) to a lovestruck, weak-kneed, softer character (which is quite amusing, particularly when she has one drink too many and starts singing in the truck and telling all the other truckers that Douglas called her "a beautiful baby").

Even better is that I saw this film on the big screen at a retro festival where it was even more dazzling. Here are some of the things that made it a gem for me: Crawford's eye-popping, glamorous dresses and suits (the glitter of rhinestones alone is worth seeing); the hairstyles; the absolute panache with which she pulls this look off; Crawford humming and dancing with her trophy in the office after winning the dance competition and coming in disheveled; the "hot dog" double entendres; the opulent "Drew" home with the elegant sliding French doors that open into a grand living room; the chemistry between Crawford and Douglas that was so understated and so much more sexy than the ridiculous panting, clothes-tearing scenes that are put on today in films; the wonderful character actors; the jitterbug sequence; beautiful Joan commanding the board room. This largely forgotten film of Crawford's is yet again proof of how magical movies can be and total heaven to watch. Classy fun.





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